Dr Camilla Parker
Dr Camilla Parker is an independent legal and policy consultant, researcher and trainer specialising in the areas of mental health, disability and human rights. She regularly provides training for practitioners working in health, mental health, social care and children’s services. She is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.
Camilla was a legal and visiting member of the Mental Health Act Commission (1995-2000) and a non-executive director/special adviser of a mental health NHS Trust (2000-2006). Prior to establishing her legal and policy consultancy (1997), Camilla was Legal and Parliamentary Officer at Mind and before then worked as a solicitor in private practice.
Much of Camilla’s work focuses on the law and human rights of relevant to the mental health care of children and young people, which was the focus of her PhD (Cardiff University, 2017). As a consultant for the Department of Health she led on the work to revise the children and young people’s chapter in the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice (2015). Camilla is the author of Adolescent Mental Health Care and the Law (LAG 2020).